Confusing Words of the Week

It’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

Words of the Week

This week’s words are:

theirs – possessive form of they; used when a noun does not follow

  • The red car was theirs.

there’s – contraction of there is or there are

  • There’s [there is] no doubt that she is the best person for the job.

Memory tips:

  • theirs – belonging to them
  • there’s – apostrophe represents missing letter (in this case the i) for there is 

Grammar Giggle – Inconcince

A friend sent this to me after she saw it at a restaurant. It’s really a shame that dictionaries are not used when they are so easily available on the cell phones most people carry like they’re an appendage. It’s easy to check on something that you might not be sure of.

Inconcince

Replay Thursday

It’s time for a review of recent blog posts just in case you’ve missed them. We call this Replay Thursday. Here are posts from Proof That proofreading blog and 60 Is The New 60 blog during the past week.

Grammar Giggle – Who’s

Grammar Giggles – Definetly

Our Normal Is Someone Else’s Perfect

Confusing Words of the Week

Confusing Words of the Week

Words of the WeekIt’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words are:

pole – a long, slender piece of wood or metal.

  • They used the pole to hold the canvas up for shade.

poll – (n.) the casting of votes by a body of persons; (v) to register the votes of

  • He took a poll of his neighbors about installing a speed bump in the neighborhood.

Memory tips:

  • pole – Think about an ole fishing pole that was a stick.
  • poll – Pieces olittle learnings from asking questions.

Grammar Giggle – Cabbcage and Saucce

I took these from a menu at a restaurant in Sedona, Arizona. I typically give a little more grace to restaurants where the owners may not use English as their first language, but in this case, they got in right in other places.

Cabbcage

Saucce

 

Grammar Giggle – Maintance

A reader sent this to me. This sign has been in her parking garage for months and she finally took a picture of it for us.